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New England Patriots links 11/01/21 - Plenty of treats, no tricks, in Patriots statement win in L.A.

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NFL: OCT 31 Patriots at Chargers
Damien Harris breaks free during a run
Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 27-24 huge statement win over the Chargers. 1. Belichick has QB Justin Herbert’s number.
  • Nick Goss gives us his Pats-Bolts takeaways: Defense steps up in signature win. 1. Defense stepped up.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Observations from the big win over the Chargers 27-24, move to 4-4: Matthew Judon chipped in with 1.5 sacks (Christian Barmore got his first half-sack) and seems to be held on every down. He’s been the best free-agent signing for the team this year…and it hasn’t been close.
  • Karen Guregian says this a season-defining game, and while many fears about the team were reinforced, the Pats were victorious thanks to a defense that rose up in the second half taming one of the better offenses in the league.
  • Dakota Randall acknowledges it wasn’t always pretty, but the Pats finally get elusive signature victory.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) L.A. Story: Patriots defeat Chargers 27-24; Move to 4-4 on the 2021 season. Former Charger Adrian Phillips’ fourth-quarter pick-six seals the game for the Patriots.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) The Patriots grind out a win in LA baby!
  • Zack Cox offers four thoughts on Mac Jones’ performance in yesterday’s win. 1. Jones opened with completions on six of his first nine passes, but the rest of the first half was a struggle...
  • Karen Guregian calls out Mac Jones’ extended stretch where he was missing targets left and right, and looked unsettled in the pocket — but still does enough to help the Patriots win.
  • Zack Cox details how Adrian Phllips helped the Patriots ‘stick it’ to the Chargers with key plays.
  • Andrew Callahan spotlights Adrian Phillips’ 2-INT performance against his former team: ‘I loved it’.
  • Jake Levin points out that Gunner Olszewski now has the highest punt return average in the Super Bowl era.
  • Michael Hurley talks about Bill Belichick throwing his challenge flag following a holding penalty on the Chargers, hoping to turn a standard penalty call into one that resulted in a safety. It didn’t work out. And burning all three timeouts in a short span.
  • Zack Cox explains why the Patriots have been Kryptonite for Chargers QB Justin Herbert.
  • Andrew Callahan reports the Patriots’ playoff odds almost double after road win over Chargers.
  • Nick Goss looks at the NFL playoff picture and where the Patriots sit in the crowded AFC after Week 8.
  • Zack Cox wonders how Chargers DL Jerry Tillery was not flagged for his hit on Mac Jones.
  • Dakota Randall picks three studs, three duds from Sunday’s win: Adrian Phillips up, Mac Jones down.
  • Matt Dolloff picks out the Patriots Ups & Downs of the biggest win of the season.
  • Andy Hart gives his thumbs up, thumbs down: Damien Harris, Adrian Phillips win the day!
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of Social Media: Week 8 Patriots vs Chargers
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Social Media Roundup: Julian Edelman, retired Patriots celebrate Halloween.


  • Miles Ruder (PFF) NFL Week 8 game recap: Patriots 27, Chargers 24. Although the New England Patriots trailed for most of the game, they outplayed the Los Angeles Chargers and it started to show as the game progressed.
  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots at Chargers: Drive chart, stats, highlights.
  • Josh Peter (USA Today) Bill Belichick’s Patriots get most impressive victory of season vs. Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Late pick-six off Justin Herbert lifts New England to road win in L.A.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Patriots stymie Justin Herbert again in road upset of Chargers. ‘Herbert finished the day completing 18-of-35 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, both of them to Phillips. Like his second pick to Phillips, several of his passes were uncharacteristically off target. He repeatedly found himself under pressure and took three sacks on the day.’
  • AP (USA Today) Patriots flummox Justin Hebert, beat Chargers to re-enter playoff mix.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Saints beat Tom Brady again, familiar-looking Patriots and More. Plus, the new Patriots?, the Jets punch above their weight, the Steelers, Titans and everything else from Week 8.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 8: Big day for the bench and backups — Trevor Siemian helps slay the dragon in the Superdome.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Blowout problem arising, why Mike White stunner doesn’t feel like a fluke, more from Week 8.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 8 of 2021 NFL season: Frights abound. 26. The Patriots know something about dealing with the bye, too, now 10-2 against teams coming out of the off week over the past 10 seasons after surviving the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. The Pats are now 2-0 against the Bolts in SoFi Stadium.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL Week 8 takeaways: What we learned, big questions for every game and future team outlooks. NE-LAC: These are the types of games the Patriots had been losing — filled with costly holding penalties, ball-security issues and questionable playcalling — but their ability to stay mentally tough and make game-changing plays in the clutch finally helped them overcome those issues; More.
  • Around the NFL ( 2021 NFL season, Week 8: What we learned from Sunday’s games. 1. If last week was the Patriots pushing the throttle, Sunday was their takeoff from the runway.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 8 grades. Patriots: B, Chargers: C. ‘New England pass catchers displayed savvy clock management by staying inbounds on a 14-play drive that chewed up nearly seven minutes of clock and edged them out by two scores with a field goal with just over three minutes left in the game; More.’
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Winners and Losers: After Jared Goff and Lions melt down, is it too soon to ask about 0-17?
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 8.
  • Judy Battista ( AFC a glorious mess as 2021 NFL season nears halfway point.


  • Michael Peterson (BoltsFromTheBlue) Keenan Allen: ‘Same thing every year’.
  • Gavino Borquez (ChargersWire) Everything we know about Chargers’ 27-24 loss to Patriots.
  • Fernando Ramirez (ChargerReport) Chargers offense anything but electric against Patriots.
  • Jim Alexander (OCRegister) Is it just a momentary slump, or Charger luck? Bye week following the Baltimore debacle didn’t help, and offensive malaise returns in 27-24 loss to Patriots.
  • Gilbert Manzano (OCRegister) Chargers deliver another sluggish offensive performance in loss to Patriots
  • Cory Kennedy ( Three Takeaways: How will the Bolts ‘get back in the lab’ and turn the page to Philadelphia?